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Past articles by Rochelle:

Chief Hennepin County Public Defender Kassius Benson under federal investigation for tax evasion

State Chief Ward says he's aware of the situation and Benson is presumed innocent → Read More

Gov. Tim Walz, Scott Jensen turn up the volume on public safety pitch to voters

Governor convened a news conference outside U.S. Bank Stadium, Jensen decries lawlessness. → Read More

Primary turnout 'strong' given absence of hot statewide races, Minnesota secretary of state says

Unofficial numbers show primary turnout of 18%, shy of four years ago when competitive gubernatorial contests led the ballot. → Read More

Traverse County prosecutor wants to appeal ruling declaring abortion restrictions unconstitutional

Judge Thomas Gilligan will again make the ruling, plaintiff expects to appeal. → Read More

Prior Lake legislator Tony Albright leaves office early for new job

The GOP representative is in his fifth term, wasn't seeking re-election. → Read More

Former Woodbury High girls' basketball coach wins defamation lawsuit against parent

Nathan McGuire received $50,000 and a signed letter from the parent admitting she lied about him. → Read More

Judge agrees to move trial of two former Minneapolis officers to October in George Floyd's death

The trial was previously set for June, then January, but the prosecution pushed for August. → Read More

Hennepin chief public defender still has private clients while in public office

Minnesota law requires public defenders to be devoted full time to the job. → Read More

TV reporter fights Hennepin County prosecutor's subpoena in Hwy. 169 shooting case

KARE 11's Lou Raguse had jailhouse interview with the defendant. → Read More

Attorney General Keith Ellison easily wins DFL endorsement for second term

First-term AG expects to be the top target of Republicans in the fall campaign. → Read More

Ex-MPD officer Thomas Lane pleads guilty to manslaughter charge for role in George Floyd's murder

He was one of three officers convicted in federal court and expected to face trial next month on state charges. → Read More

Twins unveil new sensory room at Target Field in advance of home opener this week

Results of $30 million audiovisual upgrades won't be apparent until 2023. → Read More

NCAA looks to phase in rules for transgender athletes

NCAA President Mark Emmert, speaking in advance of the women's Final Four basketball weekend at Target Center, said the NCAA is looking to phase in standards similar to those employed by the Olympics. → Read More

Women's Final Four arrives downtown Minneapolis this weekend for first time since 1995

Multiday event is another sign of return to post-pandemic life → Read More

Minnesota public defense attorneys, support staff authorize first-ever strike

Strike could come within 10 days if agreement isn't reached, leaving clients without representation → Read More

After guilty verdict for ex-Minneapolis officers, prison sentences, state trial's fate hangs in balance

Former prosecutor says judge has wide latitude and will look to Derek Chauvin's sentence. → Read More

Ex-Minneapolis officers guilty on all civil rights charges related to George Floyd's death

J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao were convicted by a federal jury Thursday of depriving George Floyd of his constitutional rights during the fatal restraint outside Cup Foods on May 25, 2020. → Read More

Legal community sees both unequal treatment and mercy in Kimberly Potter's sentence

In explaining her sentencing decision, the judge noted four reasons that society supports incarceration: retribution, incapacitation, deterrence and rehabilitation. → Read More

Ex-officer Thao takes stand in civil rights case for Floyd death

Former Minneapolis police officer Tou Thao is one of three ex-MPD officers on trial in St. Paul for the 2020 killing of George Floyd. → Read More

Second physician testifies that George Floyd died of asphyxia, not drugs or heart attack

Vik Bebarta is an emergency room and toxicology expert from Denver → Read More